Friday, August 22, 2008

Proverbs 12:25

“Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.” (NASB)


“Anxiety (de'agah: carefulness, fear, heaviness, sorrow) in a man's heart (leb: mind, understanding, inner man, will, seat of emotions and passions) weighs it down (shachah: worship, bow, bow down, reverence, fall down, stoop), But a good (towb: better, well, best, merry, fair, prosperity, precious, fine, agreeable, pleasant) word makes it glad (samach: rejoice, joyful, exult).”


Anxiety and heaviness in a man’s inner being causes it to stoop down and bow to sorrow, but a pleasant and fair word makes it rejoice and be glad.


In a world filled with negativity and down-and-outs, it seems the majority actually enjoy wallowing in how bad everything is. May it not be so for you today! Avoid anxiety and sorrow for yourself by speaking words full of life and prosperity (and I don’t mean monetarily). Surround yourself with people that do likewise! When you go through your day, be mindful of your words. We’ve all heard, “If you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all”. I say we replace that with, “If you can’t say anything good, open up your mouth and say it anyway!”

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